New Waves February 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

BAEN department seeking doctorate students for USDA fellowships

The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University is recruiting qualified minority students for three U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Needs Fellowships to conduct water resources research. The fellowships, funded through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, are available immediately.

Students must be African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian and be U.S. citizens. Candidates, who can be engineering or non-engineering students, must have completed a master's degree in a water, soil, or environmental discipline and have a grade point average higher than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for both bachelor's and master's level coursework. They must be pursuing a doctorate in biological and agricultural engineering or water management and hydrologic sciences with a focus in water quality, watershed modeling, geographic information systems, environmental microbiology, or environmental chemistry.

The fellowships are for $24,000 a year for three years. In addition, each minority doctorate candidate will receive a $34,000 scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the department's agricultural engineering graduate program number 1 in 2007. Faculty expertise includes environmental microbiology, hydrology, uncertainty and risk assessment, wastewater treatment, groundwater remediation, erosion control, constructed wetlands, and modeling.

For more information, contact Dr. Clyde Munster, professor, at or Dr. Yonghena Huang at

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